Massive fire in a Delhi hotel claims 17 lives, many injured

In a tragedy that struck a four-floor hotel in the national capital, at least 17 people lost their lives in a massive fire that raged.

The hotel is said to be situated in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh and fire began raging in the early hours of Tuesday.

Those dead includes a child and two people who jumped off the building in a desperate bid to save themselves, officials said.

It was said that there were 53 people in the 45-room hotel, which had a canopy on the terrace housing what appeared to be a restaurant, as per sources.

Police said that while a 43-year-old woman suffered 45 per cent burn injuries, 13 of the bodies had been taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, two to Lady Hardinge Hospital and one to BLK hospital.

Nine of the deceased have been identified as Vidyasagar (60), Naliniamma (84), Nandakumar (34), Arvind (38), Pranav K Bhaskar (32), EVS Chalpathi Rao (32), Dawmla May (67), Tun Hla Sein (32), Jayashree (53).

A senior civic official said a suspected short circuit could have sparked the fire.

While the Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe, Home Minister Satyendar Jain said he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

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